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Authors:  Juan Matute, Herbie Huff, Riley O'Brien, Brian D. Taylor

Date: April 1, 2018

Project: Incentivizing Zero-Emission Vehicle Ride-Hail/Public Transit Commutes in Los Angeles

This paper examines whether and to what extent transportation network companies (TNCs) like Lyft and Uber, in conjunction with air quality and trip reduction regulations, might accelerate the deployment of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) for commute-related travel in metropolitan Los Angeles, specifically shared ZEV TNC connections to transit stations .

The meteoric rise of TNCs is revolutionizing how people travel, in part by dramatically increasing the attractiveness of alternative travel modes, like public transit, by conveniently addressing what is known as the “first-mile, last-mile” problem of linking trip origins and destinations with transit stops and stations.  So-called “mixed-mode tours” also allow people to use LA’s expanding rail and bus rapid transit networks to bypass congestion during peak hours, but still enjoy the convenience of automobile travel for travel to and from the station and for other trips during the day.

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